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Margaret O'Brien

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Margaret O'Brien (born January 15, 1937) is an American film and stage actress. Although her film career as a leading character was brief, she was one of the most popular child actors in cinema history. In her later career, she appeared on stage and in supporting film roles. She was born Angela Maxine O'Brien; (she later changed her name to Margaret following the success of the film Journey for Margaret, in which she played the title role). Her father Lawrence O'Brien, a circus performer, died before she was born.[1]; Margaret's mother, Gladys Flores, was a well-known flamenco dancer who often performed with her sister Marissa, also a dancer. Margaret is of half-Irish and half-Spanish ancestry. She made her first film appearance in Babes on Broadway (1941) at the age of four, but it was the following year that her first major role brought her widespread attention. As a five-year-old in Journey for Margaret (1942), O'Brien won wide praise for her convincing acting style. By 1943, she was considered a big enough star to have a cameo appearance in the all-star military show finale of Thousands Cheer. She played a young French girl, and spoke and sang all her dialogue with a French accent, in Jane Eyre (1944). Arguably her most memorable role was as "Tootie" in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), opposite Judy Garland. O'Brien had by this time added singing and dancing to her achievements and was rewarded with an Academy Juvenile Award the following year as the "outstanding child actress of 1944." Her other successes included The Canterville Ghost (1944), Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), and the first sound version of The Secret Garden (1949), but she was unable to make the transition to adult roles. A 1946 Looney Tunes short, Book Revue, placed a caricature of O'Brien in the role of Little Red Riding Hood. Margaret later shed her child star image in 1958 by appearing on the cover of Life Magazine with the caption "The Girl's Grown", and was a mystery guest on the TV panel show What's My Line?. O'Brien's acting roles as an adult have been few and far between, mostly in small independent films. However, she does do occasional interviews, mostly for the Turner Classic Movies cable network. She played the role of Betsy Stauffer, a small town nurse, in "The Incident of the Town in Terror" on television's Rawhide. Another rare television outing was as a guest star on the popular Marcus Welby, M.D. in the early 1970s, reuniting Margaret with her Journey For Margaret and The Canterville Ghost co-star Robert Young. Description above from the Wikipedia article Margaret O'Brien, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


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Born:
Jan 15, 1937 In San Diego, California, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
49
First Appeared:
In the movie Journey for Margaret 1942-12-17
Latest Project:
Movie Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill! 2017-10-27
Known For
Poster of Creaturealm: From the Dead
Poster of Hollywood Mortuary
Poster of Sunset After Dark
Poster of Music for Millions
Filmography
Movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Ms. Stevenson 2017-01-31
Movie Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill! Bridgette's Grandmother 2017-10-27
Movie Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story Herself 2016-06-03
Movie A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! 2011-12-06
Movie Frankenstein Rising 2010-04-20
Movie Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star Herself 2002-08-01
Movie Hollywood Mortuary Herself 1998-01-01
Movie Creaturealm: From the Dead Herself 1998-01-01
Movie Sunset After Dark Betty Corman 1996-01-01
Series Tales from the Darkside Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Hotel Unknown 1982-08-21
Movie Amy Hazel Johnson 1981-03-20
Movie Death in Space Pam Rhodes 1974-06-17
Movie That's Entertainment! Clip from 'Meet Me in St. Louis' (archive footage) 1974-06-21
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Movie Heller in Pink Tights Della Southby 1960-03-01
Series Adventures in Paradise Unknown 1959-10-05
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series The DuPont Show with June Allyson Unknown 1959-09-21
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie Glory Clarabel Tilbee 1956-01-11
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Her First Romance 1951-05-04
Movie Little Women Beth 1949-04-01
Movie The Secret Garden Mary Lennox 1949-04-30
Movie Tenth Avenue Angel Flavia Mills 1948-02-20
Movie Big City Midge 1948-03-25
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie The Unfinished Dance 'Meg' Merlin 1947-09-19
Movie Bad Bascomb Emmy 1946-05-26
Movie Three Wise Fools Sheila O'Monahan 1946-09-26
Movie Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Selma Jacobson 1945-09-06
Movie Twenty Years After 1944-01-01
Movie The Canterville Ghost Lady Jessica de Canterville 1944-07-28
Movie Meet Me in St. Louis 'Tootie' Smith 1944-11-23
Movie Music for Millions Mike 1944-12-18
Movie You, John Jones! Daughter 1943-01-14
Movie Thousands Cheer Customer in Red Skelton Skit 1943-01-01
Movie Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case Margaret 1943-05-08
Movie Jane Eyre Adele Varens 1943-12-24
Movie Madame Curie Irene Curie - Age 5 1943-12-15
Movie Lost Angel Alpha 1943-12-23
Movie Journey for Margaret Margaret 1942-12-17